RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
Primary Assistant Teacher Butler School, Darnestown, MD••••• August, ••••• - June, •••••
Gained knowledge and experience of the Montessori method of teaching preschool through kindergarten, at a private A.M.I. accredited school in a classroom, consisting of mixed ages, children 2 - ••••• Demonstrated flexibility and competence, assisting in the development of an All-Day class and dealing with new challenges, crises and staffing changes. Worked with five A.M.I. certified teachers, adapting to varying expectations, changes in responsibilities, and different teaching styles.
Administrative Assistant Poolesville Presbyterian Church (part-time) May, ••••• February, •••••
Prepared bulletins, newsletters, and directories. Handled inventory, ordering, scheduling and routing messages and mail.
Preschool Teacher - Poolesville Community Cooperative Preschool••••• September, ••••• May, •••••
Created and implemented a developmentally appropriate, interactive and stimulating curriculum for ••••• year olds, utilizing theme based classes. Researched and planned activities to increase knowledge and social awareness, stimulate creativity, and encourage curiosity and exploration. Planned centers and activities that provided hands-on learning, always with the goal of facilitating learning and skill development through play; making learning meaningful, concrete and fun. Created a warm and nurturing classroom, gained trust and confidence of parents and children, fostered the development of independence, self-confidence and a love of school. Supervised co-op parents and classroom assistants. Taught two different classes, each year.
Student Assistance Counselor - Kecoughtan High School, Hampton, VA August, ••••• May, •••••
Provided confidential services and referrals, support and crisis intervention to students, parents and faculty at a public high school while employed by Alternatives, Inc., a private non-profit substance abuse prevention and intervention company.
Youth Clinician - Community Services Board City of Portsmouth, VA••••• February, ••••• - August, •••••
Worked with teens, adults and families, providing prevention, intervention and treatment for substance abuse and related problems.
Child Care Specialist - Mars Home for Youth, Mars, PA August, ••••• - June, •••••
Worked in the Intensive Treatment Unit in a group home for emotionally disturbed children.
Caseworker and Mental Health Intern - Family and Childrens Services••••• May - August •••••
Conducted individual assessments, referrals to community services, and worked at a Partial Hospitalization Unit.
RELEVANT VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Sunday School Teacher - Poolesville Presbyterian Church••••• April, ••••• June, •••••
Created preschool program. Taught preschoolers from church and drew additional preschoolers from the community. Selected and modified curriculum, planned activities to create and maintain enthusiasm and interest in a class of children, ••••• years old.
Volunteer Coordinator - John Poole Middle School September, ••••• June, •••••
Accepted position as first volunteer coordinator. Organized a pool of volunteers and created a Volunteer Resource Book. Coordinated requests with volunteers. Received recognition from MCPS for an Outstanding Volunteer Program.
Volunteer - Poolesville Elementary School September, ••••• - June, •••••
Assisted in classroom with assigned tasks and with individual students. Volunteered with various activities, including kindergarten orientation. Developed positive rapport with students, faculty and administration.
Community Volunteer••••• September, ••••• August, •••••
Formed a new soccer team by contacting and recruiting fifth and sixth graders from the Poolesville community. Started a new Brownie Troop, planned all troop activities with co-leader within the guidelines of the Girl Scout Council.
CERTIFICATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Maryland Dept. of Human Resources, Child Care Administration ••••• approved May •••••, •••••
Met ••••• hour requirements to work with infants and preschoolers as an Aide, Senior Staff, Group Leader or Assistant Group Leader.
The Pennsylvania State University - B.S. with Distinction Honors Individual and Family Studies August, •••••
Participated in independent study as teaching assistant. Worked in the areas of Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and childhood depression. Facilitated group discussions for two courses. Served as trainer and counselor at Crisis Center.
Butler County Community College - A.A. with Honors••••• September, ••••• - May, •••••
Received an Outstanding Volunteer Award for work with children ages ••••• at the campus Play Care Center.
REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Pre-K teacher, Lead teacher, Instructional Assistant, Teacher Assistant